Cinnamon-Scented French Lentils

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I am still transitioning back to reality (and digesting my Thanksgiving meal, I think! :)), so today’s post is going to be short.

First, it’s the last day of the month, which means only one thing in the food blogging world–Spicie Foodie’s Your Best Recipes Monthly Round Up! Head over to Spicie Foodie’s site to see this month’s most fantastic dishes from across the blogosphere, including Como Water‘s Orange Olive Oil Muffins!

Second, these lovely cinnamon-scented French lentils. As you know, I’ve never met a bean I didn’t like, but I must admit… I eat them so often, I’m constantly looking for new ways to prepare them. (To give you an idea of how often I eat beans, someone at work asked me the other day, “what kind of rice and beans do you have today, Tiff?” lol). In a daydream on the train, I thought up these cinnamon-scented French lentils, and I’m glad I did. The cinnamon is subtle, but adds really nice depth and the coconut milk adds richness. In all fairness, I know this is not a typical preparation of French lentils, but c’mon, did you really come here to get ‘typical‘? 😀 Happy Wednesday!

Cinnamon-Scented French Lentils (Printable Recipe)


1/4 red onion–chopped

1/2 red bell pepper–chopped

1/2 cup carrots–chopped

2 cloves garlic–minced

1 bay leaf

1 inch piece ginger–peeled and sliced

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup vegetable broth

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup coconut milk

3/4 dry French lentils–rinsed

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

salt, pepper, olive oil



*Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and bay leaf. Cook 2 minutes. Add onion, peppers, and carrots. Sprinkle salt and add a few grinds of black pepper. Saute until soft. Add garlic. Stir and cook 5 minutes. Remove ginger.

*Add lentils, cinnamon stick, cinnamon, coconut milk, water, and vegetable broth. Stir. Turn heat to high. Bring to boil. Drop heat to medium low. Simmer 15-20 minutes until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick before serving. Serve with freshly chopped parsley. (Goes GREAT with coconut rice!)



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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Though I cook lentils quite often, this is something I am not aware of and really unique recipe. Must have been so fragrant with the bay leaf and cinnamon. Thanks for a great recipe which I must try one of these days and see whats the reaction of everyone at home.

  2. Very creative use of ingredients, love the addition of the cinnamon and coconut milk. These would make a great side dish. I have never made lentils, but this recipe does inspire. It looks delicious. Have a great day Tiffany!

  3. These lentils sound fantastic! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. I eat so many lentils, and sometimes get in a rut. This recipe is fabulous and must try it!

  5. I’ve never had lentils but I do have a bag of them taking up space in my pantry. I will show this to the Mr. and remind him again that he asked me to buy lentils so he could cook some. Keep daydreaming on the train!

  6. I really love this recipe. I’ve never cooked with lentils, but I really would like to. I also really love this recipe because cinnamon is used so often as a savory spice here in the Middle East, but I’m always at a bit of a loss on how to use it that way myself. Again, really great recipe!

  7. Oh wow, that looks delectable! I love lentils, and cinnamon must be my favorite spice ever. I will have to try this. Mmmmm.

  8. I love adding cinnamon to more savory dishes. I always add a pinch to my tomato sauces too. I’ve never tried coconut milk with lentils – will do that next time for sure.

  9. Lentils have been on my list of things to try to cook myself at home and I still havent gotten to them. 🙁 I love the cinnamon flavoring you use in this Tiff! I still have a month left before the year is over, I hope I can fit some Lentil making in! =)

  10. Wow, what an interesting way to serve lentils!

  11. Oh yum this looks delicious!

  12. This is soooo awesome because I have like 16 oz of lentils right now, just waiting for me to devour. Gonna be so good!

  13. Lentils are a favorite of mine Tiff so I may have to give this a try. I make a spicy curried dish with them that is similar to this but with no coconut milk and since I ADORE coconut milk, you’d better believe this would be devoured!

  14. I don’t always love lentils, but these look so good! Love that you added cinnamon!

  15. What a great looking dish..very pretty I must say!!! Never tried using cinnamon in a lentils, but it does look delicious! Have a lovely night sweetie!!!

  16. Wow these lentils look awesome! I love the flavors especially the cinnamon and coconut milk. Yum!

  17. MM, sounds delicious! I never thought of adding cinnamon with lentils, but it’s great to try new and different things, plus is looks insanely good! Beautiful recipe 🙂

  18. These sound amazing in every way Tiffany! I am definately going to have to make this recipe!

  19. I love lentils and this recipe sounds wonderful!

  20. Love how you added a little spice to a classic French-style dish. This looks like a delicious veggie main…plenty of spice and plenty of protein!

  21. I love lentils! This must smell so wonderful when it’s cooking!

  22. This is a really beautiful recipe. I love the cinnamon and coconut milk. Very unique. I really want to try this with my lentils!

  23. These sound delicious. The cinnamon and coconut must make for great flavor!

  24. Lentils? Yes please! Just yesterday I’ve cooked a comforting soup that are one of my favorite dish! I love also Indian style lentils and now yours! Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9!

  25. This sounds right up my street I love a legume too!! Coconut milk will definitely be added to my next concoction, and the cinnamon adds a touch of Christmas , love it!! Congrats on Top 9 and have a fab weekend!!

  26. This dish looks even better in the Top 9, Congratulations!

  27. These lentils look fantastic and so gourmet – what a fantastic recipe, Tiffany!

  28. Very creative choice of ingredients. I’m sure the aroma and taste would be awesome! Congrats on making it to the Top 9 list!

  29. It looks wonderful but my kids and husband don’t like beans… This looks so good though! I’m keeping this anyway for some occasion when I have other guests who can eat this with me! Oh and looks like this was on Top9, congrats Tiffany!!

  30. This dish looks good and I can imagine the wonderful aroma of cinnamon.

  31. Ohmigoodness! That looks amazing. You won’t not be my friend anymore if I admit I’ve never had a lentil before, right? Good 🙂 I will be trying them now though! Buzzed and bookmarked!

  32. Oh, this recipe sounds fabulous. I adore Lentils (especially French lentils) and I’ve never thought to pair them with cinnamon. I love this!

  33. Love the idea of adding cinnamon- lovely recipe!

  34. The cinnamon actually really makes sense, as it’s perfuming the dish with a touch of French Moroccan cooking!

  35. Lentils are so underrated, you highlight them beautifully!

  36. Hi Tiffany,

    Meet your bean-eating twin: me! Actually, my family as well. This is a different recipe for lentils, which we eat in my house so often because they a) don’t require soaking; b) make their own gravy; and c) are done at the same time as the brown rice! I’m going to surprise my husband and son one night with this recipe. We have about five pounds of French lentils in the pantry at this moment, so I welcome this new idea.

    By the way, the monthly roundup website: is it open to any food blogger or is it invitation only?

    Have a great week!


  37. This looks absolutely DELICIOUS and is getting bookmarked to make SOON!